Monday, March 10, 2008

Outsourcing E-Mail to Google: Free vs. $450,000

Arizona State University was the first major university to outsource its e-mail to Google in October 2006, and has seen over $1 million in savings.

Iowa State University is now the latest major university considering whether to outsource the university's e-mail system to Google. University e-mail is expensive ($450,000 per year for Iowa State), and Google would provide the service for free.

Free vs. $450,000. Seems like a no-brainer.

Update: Other universities that have adopted Google's Gmail include Clemson University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Arkansas State University and Kennesaw State University.


At 3/10/2008 8:04 AM, Blogger Ironman said...

The money saved is a big driver - the University of Phoenix is also in the process of moving its 70,000 students to Gmail:

More than 70,000 students will transition to the Web-based Gmail platform this year. It's a big win for Google, but it's still a long ways from displacing Microsoft Office. Google scored a big win in its battle to unseat Microsoft on university campuses as the University of Phoenix has announced to its 70,000 students that it will soon convert to Web-based Gmail.

Here's more from the article on how the dynamics of what's driving the schools' switching over to Gmail are playing out, and how Microsoft is responding:

Google is making some inroads in cash-strapped public schools, where the low cost is enough to off set the loss of some Microsoft Outlook and Office features. Microsoft has staved off deep invasions, though, with steep pricing discounts for schools and students.

Finally, here's a short list of other schools that have made the switch:

According to published report, other universities that have adopted Gmail include Clemson University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Arkansas State University and Kennesaw State University.

At 3/10/2008 6:11 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Hmmm, well I wonder if there'll be a decrease, a small decrease in the tuition rates with this sort of savings?

"cash-strapped public schools"!!!

How can that be?

Between the extortion of property taxes and those ever so clever lottos, the schools should be rolling in the dough...

At 3/24/2008 8:23 PM, Blogger Jim said...

March 10, 2008: Should more universities and technical colleges outsource student e-mail to private companies such as Google and Microsoft? Former Chippewa Valley Technical College trustee, , Jim Kreilich says yes. Other guests include Bruce Mathew, Director of Computing at Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI. Craig Mey is Director of Learning and Technology Services at UW-Eau Claire, WI. Aaron Brewster is student Chair of the Information Technology Commission at UWEC. William Larsen is with WatchGuard Technologies in Menomonie. Listen at:


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